TriStar Releases Custom Plastic Fabrication Guide

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Free how-to paper reveals proven techniques for machining plastics

TriStar Plastics, the leader in engineered plastics solutions, announces a new custom plastic fabrication paper, Machining Plastics: The Essential Guide to Materials, Tools and Techniques is now available. The free guide uncovers proven techniques for plastic machining, plus tips on material selection, expansion and tolerance considerations, and tool selection.

“The basic principles of machining simply do not apply when machining plastics,” says Richard Cedrone, CEO of TriStar, “Unlike metals, plastics can expand and even melt as they are machined, which can make it very difficult to achieve a custom part. Our new guide demystifies the art of machining plastic materials, and will help our partners improve their skills while reducing costly scrap,” he adds.

The guide shares real-world examples from the TriStar machine shop, including the challenges of machining Rulon®, composites, UHMW, PEEK and other common materials. It also reviews preferred machine feed and speed rates, plus heat and coolant considerations.

“Our goal is it help our partners avoid the pitfalls of plastic machining so they can make the most of their material investment,” Cedrone adds, “But for those who want to outsource, TriStar has the tools and experience to deliver superior, custom-fabricated bearings and plastic parts; we’ve built a solid reputation in over 70 industries,” he adds.

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About TriStar Plastics

Founded in 1982, TriStar Plastics Corp. is a leader in the engineering, custom fabrication and manufacturing of high-performance polymers, composites and self-lubricating bearing materials. The company is also the exclusive North American distributor of genuine Rulon® bearing materials, and pioneered the use of using chemicals to alter plastic materials for enhanced surface modification. With company headquarters in Shrewsbury, MA, and offices in North Carolina, Illinois, Southern California, and Texas, the company provides bearing materials to a broad range of over 70 industries.

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